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Fall 2020 Kitchen Design Trends


An increase in home improvement activity is the basis for key Fall 2020 kitchen design trends.  A recent homeowner survey on Houzz reflects that for many people, spending more time at home has homeowners realizing they would like to improve function and appearance.

Nearly 4 in 5 homeowners (79%) reported that they were thinking about making changes that could help them enjoy their homes more. Additionally, 23% of respondents would like to improve their kitchens, adding storage, dedicated spaces for baking, and multi-use areas.

We are highlighting some current styles below to get you started with your planning.


Naturally Inspired Colors

Paint manufacturer Sherwin Williams released their popular 2021 Color Forecast this week entitled “ Rhythm of Color”.  It includes four nature-based palettes. In their forecast statement, they say: “Rhythm is the secret to how the natural world stays in step. The same sense of balance applies to our personal sense of nature through how we live — and how we design. Fast and slow. Quiet and expressive. Virtual and physical.” This statement speaks to one of  the Fall 2020 kitchen design trends we are seeing towards naturally inspired colors and accents.

Paint remains the most popular finish for cabinetry by a relatively wide margin. Manufacturers say clients often choose shades of white or gray.  However, there has been a shift from pure, bright whites to muted, soft whites. Homeowners are looking to bring more warmth into their homes. As in our featured kitchen above from our partners at Bellmont Cabinetry, grays are also warming up, becoming more “greige” – beige/gray shades. The shift to warmer tones pairs well with the rising popularity of other natural finishes, including wood accents and textured tile backsplashes.


Bold or Textured Backsplashes

Bold or textured backsplashes are a continuing trend in kitchen design. Homeowners are using the backsplash area to add interest. You can also use a focal point to pull a neutral design together. The example at right from our partners at Tile Designs by Fina illustrates a great way to upgrade your backsplash game. An art piece focal point behind the range is paired with neutral tiles.

Color is not the only way to engage in this trend. Additionally, handmade, textured tiles, mosaics, and even pebbled backsplashes are good choices as well. With evidence of the craftsman’s hand or nature’s unique individuality in the finished product, this style adds texture to walls and is more visually interesting than the standard subway style.


In The Details

Finally, The Houzz survey also found that homeowners are spending extra time researching and choosing the details that make their kitchens useful, beautiful, and individual. This includes choosing the perfect handles.  Something you touch every day as you work in your kitchen. This Belwith-Keeler design called “Flex”  has a very slight twist.  This takes it from plain or industrial looking to unique and organic. We have installed the oil-rubbed bronze colorway of these handles (pictured) in our showroom if you would like to come try them out.

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